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Corriganville Park Loop Special
[Supplemental material (optional)]Leading our hike in Corriganville Park will be Quentin Tarantino. The photo above (credit: Bruce Fox) is the set for Spahn Ranch, created for his upcoming new movie "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood." For those of you familiar with the park, you know this isn't the first movie filmed at Corriganville. Purchased in 1937 by Ray “Crash” Corrigan, the Corrigan Movie Ranch provided scenery as well as man-made structures and sets, and served as the background scenery for 3,500 movies, TV programs and commercials such as Fort Apache, Buffalo Bill in Tomahawk Territory, The Robe, Tarzan, The Lone Ranger, The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin, Sky King, Circus Boy, and Star Trek. The ranch was open to the public on weekends and holidays from 1949 to 1965. For an admission price of one dollar, visitors could experience a variety of stuntman shows, movie and TV actors (often Crash himself) signing autographs and posing for pictures, western street movie sets ("Silvertown"), frontier Army fort ("Fort Apache"), and Mexican village, many made up of real working buildings and not just set fronts as is common on many studio backlots. Now named Corriganville Park, the site of Corriganville Movie Ranch is a public park operated by Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District Ray Corrigan himself takes you on a tour of his ranch on DVD: Our loop hike will provide views of dramatic rock formations that made the park a popular filming location from 1930s to 1960s. The park has many sites and vistas seen in movies and especially 1950s television westerns. Along the way are various concrete and brick foundations, the remains of movie and theme park buildings, and several signs present photographs and descriptions of filming locations. This will be about a[masked] mile loop with some moderate hills suitable for beginners. There will be many stops along the way as Quentin explains some of the locations Meet on the eastern end of the parking lot. I am just kidding about Tarantino.

Corriganville Park

7001 Smith Rd · Simi Valley, CA


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